Saturday, 14 January 2012
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
I know its been a while but i am going to try and get here at least once a week to keep you all up to date with the arty bit of my life.
Starting with an Art Journal collaboration with 6 more artists who i was doing a college course with last year.
I will start with The pages i did in Cherises Purple and Teal Journal.
This is the first page i did in Cherices journal and i used all different shades and hues of Purples and teals on all of the pages.
My themes for the first two pages was
In a Fairy Garden ( with a twist on the Fairy bit ).
For this page i used Claudine Helmouth acrylics, gesso,gel pens,fabric,canvas,Alcohol inks,Friendly Plastic, rubber stamps and Spellbinders dies.
The Fairy Queen at the bottom left is actually a photo of myself when i was a female impersonator many moons ago and yes that was all my own hair.
Cherise thought it was nice that fairys had drag queens too.
For the first page i drew and painted a mermaid face.
Then i drew seaweed with a black acrylic paint and cut each piece out and painted them in different shades of Teal.
I then stuck one piece onto another to give a three dimensional effect which looks great in real life.
I added another mermaid to the bottom right of the page just because.
I made a frame from cardboard and embellished it with acrylics,and gems.
I then added a mermaid i painted into the frame then added the words.
Cherise was really happy with her pages and i really enjoyed creating them.
Thanks for dropping by and i will post the next set of journal pages in a few days.
Love and Smiles.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Heres another spread in my altered book which i have really enjoyed doing.
Friday, 13 August 2010
Sunday, 9 May 2010
If its a decent size i decorate the other side like i have here and now i have a topper for a card without wasting paper.
On this topper i have used Graphic 45 renaissance papers and made the frame in the middle using my Metric Scor-Pal which i adore.
Hope you like it.
Love and smiles Rob xxx
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
I made this with the Perfect Gentleman papers i was given by Graphic 45 two days ago at the CHA. I didnt bring many craft products with me but i just had to have a play and came up with this journal page about how time and i just dont get on.
Hope you like it.
I will probably add to this when i get back from the CHA but im happy with it and enjoyed the process.
Smiles Rob xxx
Sunday, 15 November 2009
The flamingo stamp on the right is onto watercolour paper and painted with watercolours and the one on the right is using the Klimpt method onto stampbord and is much more textured and sparkly than my camera could pick up.
Here is a close up of the Deco lady but again my picture doesnt do her justice.
I will post more samples as i go along and please tell me what you think.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Anyway we took Harry for a little Holiday to Norfolk in the caravan last week and the weather was really kind to us and we all had a great time.
Harry went in the sea for the first time and i will put a video up of it when i figure out how to do it as it is really funny.
We always go to a few car boots while we are down there and these are some of my finds from this trip.
A gorgeous victorian photo album thats just itching to be altered for 50 pence. Heres a pic of it open and look how the pages are all aged and grungy.I love the Gothic arch shapes of the windows to.
A bag full of vintage glass beads for £3.00
6 cabinet cards for 50 pence.
A bag of semi precious stone pendants for £1.00
A silver plated double frame for 25 pence.
A pair of reproduction art nouveau frames for 50 pence.
I also got a huge bag of assorted seed beeds and findings for £2.00, a really unusual and weird doll for £3.00 and 5 paper back novels for £1.00.
So i am going to have fun now this winter when the gardening season is over and do some altered art projects.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
For the card above i have used K&Co papers, Distress inks, Shrink Plastic, sticky backed pearls,Fleur de lis pendant die, Fleur de lis Borderabilities die.
The next peice isnt finished yet as im not sure if i should use it as a card, a box top or the cover for one of my altered books ??? What do you think.
For this sample i used Labels 1 Nestabilities, In Spades Pendant Die, Distress inks, Copper, Tim Holtz Ornate Plates and Keyholes, Pinata Inks ,Distress Stickles and Sticky back pearls.
Hope you like these as much as i enjoyed making them.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
This is the first beaded bracelet that i have ever made and i have really enjoyed the process.
Hope you all like it.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Sometimes its the colours i have used others its the image and sometimes i have just loved the process and discovered new ways of using things.
So now i always make a second one and that way it doesnt hurt when you have to say goodbye to a beloved ATC haha.
Here are a few of my favorite ATCs and they may not be everybodys cup of tea but i loved making them.
Its the little things like mona lisa leaning out of the window to have a quick puff of her cigarette and the smoke trailing away in the wind ( i wander if she really did do that can you imagine hehe).
So there you go a few of my favorites and i bet im not the only one who makes duplicates or am i.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Its supposed to symbolise Marc Anthony in one of Cleopatras rooms of her palace waiting to see her reaction when she see's a large emerald he has left on her pillow as she sleeps.
The stories we weave when making ATCs haha
So i thought id send them both off on a little trip to Italy and add a bit of colour to them.
I really enjoyed this challenge and hope Lorri likes what i have done.
Heres the pic after i altered it
Let me know what you think too.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
I have used the new spellbinders wizard dies to make this page.The flower i have made using the nested Peony die and the pages that tell her story are made using the negetive parts of the grand 12" heirloom scroll border.I have done it so that each layer opens as a page and you can read my memories of my Gran.
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
As soon as i had read the first page i was hooked. It is a very gripping story and it really stopped me from being bored on the plane. I recommend this to anyone who loves to see into other peoples lives and loves a book they just cant put down.
I did it all with paint shop pro ultimate x2. It is a brilliant programme if you are new to photo manipulation and a good price too.If you buy it at the moment you get a free 2 gigabite flash drive with it.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Then on Suday the snow started and Harry was fascinated by it.He absolutely loves it and you cant keep him in.
The pictures above are of the entrance to the Zoo, Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Boulivard.
Harry in the park,Pleasley Nature reserve which is a two minute walk from the shop and a snow scene in the cemetary just up the road from where we live.
So i think ive caught up with everything now and am going to have a very large Gin and Tonic (hic)
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Now the next collage is of some friendly plastic samples made by a Jana Ewy on the Amaco stand.She shared some wonderful tips and techniques with me and i cant wait to share them with you when i get back.The Jewellery and book covers were just amazing.
Not far from Jana we met two more ladies who inspired us no end with their creativity and knowledge here is another collaged photo of what they were making and wow this stuff is amazing but its a surprise and i will tell you more about it when it arrives here in the UK.
We found some more interesting things but i am not going to put everything up or you will have nothing to look forward to when we get back to the shop and also at the shows.
Finally we went and had a natter and some fun with the girls at Spellbinders.The new dies are just wonderful and the girls are so creative with them they are always coming up with fabulous ideas.Heres two fun photoes to finish off tonights entry of Gordon and i on the Spellbinders stand
Well after two gruelling but interesting days we have finally looked at all of the trade show and placed our many orders.Tomorrow we are having an exploring day but not quite sure what we will do yet.I would like to go Whale watching but Gordon wants to go to San Diago Zoo so depending on the weather and what time we get up anything is possible.
I will try and post tomorrow and tell you what we eventually decided to do then.
Monday, 26 January 2009
These are the 24 new lites and brights alcohol inks from Ranger plus a pen to let you paint with them too.I cant wait to play with these.
These were a few samples on the ranger stand that caucht my eye, Grungeboard and other inksential items done Tim style of coarse.
And heres the bigger picture showing some of the other things on the sample board.
We have found some interesting new items today to go with things we already sell and i think our customers are going to love them but we are going to keep them all a surprise until they arrive at the shop sometime next month hopefully.
Tomorrow we are going to see our friends at Spellbinders and have a good natter with them as they were a little busy today as you can imagine.
See you tomorrow with more pics and gossip from Anaheim.
Smiles Rob and Gordon
P.S we are reallllllllly missing Harry and cant wait to get home to him.
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Its made of all odds and ends i usually put to one side or throw away.
Anyway lots of people commented on it for the two days i was there so i am making a few for Christmas presents.
The NEC was amazing this year considering there is suposed to be a recession.
Anyway we have been so busy since then getting the new shop ready for our grand opening next weekend i havnt had time to blog till now.